After going into the half-time interval with a 1-0 deficit, The Blues needed to dig deep and show character to fight back on a heavy, boggy surface at Meadow Lane on Saturday.
Skipper, Sam Ruff returned to the side following suspension but Kardan Campbell was ruled out with a back injury and ‘keeper, Harry Ricketts was absent due to the imminent birth of his second child. (Molly Rose Ricketts was born just before kick-off weighing in at 6lb 8oz – congratulations Harry!) Joe Pearce stepped up and donned the gloves in Harry’s stead and made some great saves too.
After a cold, blustery 1st half with players from both sides losing their footing, The Blues fought back from the early setback to score four great goals started by Ruff on 50mins with a jinking run before placing a curling effort into the the top left corner. The second came two minutes later when a Tyler Hatherly corner evaded everyone in the Bedford defence to allow Gareth Madden to nod home from two yards and Hatherly was to make it three just seven minutes later when his solo run ended with a neat finish to the ‘keeper’s right.
Bedford hit back late on but The Blues secured the points when top scorer, Louis Rose headed in another undefended corner from Hatherly 3mins into injury time to win 4-2 in front of 34 very chilly fans.
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We now move on and back to cup action on Tuesday night at 7:45pm when we’ll attempt to play Woodford Town in the 3rd round of The League Challenge Trophy at the fourth time of asking. Here’s hoping the weather smiles on the pitch and we can finally get this fixture on!
We’re also back at The Park on Saturday in the league when we entertain 16th-placed Stotfold. Kick-off, 3pm.